NEW YORK Three
of the largest U.S. producers of steel threaded rod have filed
anti-dumping complaints against imports from India and Thailand
and a countervailing duty petition against the product from
America Threaded Products Inc.; Brentwood, Calif.-based Bay
Standard Manufacturing Inc. and Pelham, Ala.-based Vulcan
Threaded Products Inc. allege dumping margins of 24 to 130
percent on imports of threaded rod from India and 65 to 77
percent on those from Thailand.
"These countries have
dramatically increased their imports to the United States by
selling at prices far below the prices from our efficient and
modern facilities here in Alabama," Vulcan president Bill Upton
said. "We and other American producers have lost sales and
customers, and our profitability has suffered as a result of
these unfairly traded products."
Threaded rod imports
from India and Thailand increased by 57 percent from 2010 to
2012, according to a June 27 statement by Frederick P. Waite
and Kimberly R. Young, counsel for the domestic producers.
Indian and Thai producers increased their share of total U.S.
imports to 54 percent in 2012 and to 63 percent by March 2013,
The U.S. International
Trade Commission is expected to make a preliminary injury
determination by mid-August, according to the lawyers.